Republican bus tour begins Thursday in Jefferson City
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Republican bus tour begins Thursday in Jefferson City

Date: November 1, 2012
By: Eric Stoyanov
State Capitol Bureau

With less than a week to go before the election, several statewide GOP candidates are taking to the road on a two-day bus tour.
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Wrap: The Missouri Republican bus tour kicked off in Jefferson City Thursday.

Gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence says the tour marks the closing of campaigning before the election on Tuesday.

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Description: "I think it's the final phase to finally take back Missouri from special interests, from side deals, from career politicians, and people that don't have the best interests of Missourians and 114 counties in mind."

Missouri Democratic Party spokesman Isaac Wright says the Democratic candidates do not have a bus tour planned but are continuing to campaign individually throughout the state.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Eric Stoyanov.

There were two noticeable absentees as several statewide GOP candidates kicked off their two-day bus tour Thursday.
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Wrap: Several GOP candidates joined together in Jefferson City Thursday to launch what they call a comeback tour.

However, both incumbent lieutenant governor candidate Peter Kinder and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin were absent from the event.

Gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence says scheduling conflicts kept the two candidates from attending. 

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Description: "You know, there's no black helicopters flying around, there's no hidden agenda, there's no nothing. It's just, everyone has their own schedule and this is when the people could meet."

Kinder campaign spokesman David Barklage says Kinder already had events scheduled for Thursday and hopes to join the tour in St. Louis Friday.

The Akin campaign was unable to be reached for comment.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Eric Stoyanov.

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